Shri V.S. Verma was appointed as Member, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) in February, 2009. He started his career in the Central Power Engineering Service (CPES 1971 batch) in Central Electricity Authority (CEA) and was appointed as Member (Planning) in Central Electricity Authority in the year 2002. Additionally he was given the charge of Director General of Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE).Shri Verma also worked as Member (Hydro) in CEA for about an year.
In his long standing career of over 39 years in the power sector Shri Verma acquired wide and valuable experience in the field of Planning, thermal and Hydro power plant engineering, project monitoring, construction, supervision, operation monitoring, human resource development, grid operations, conservation and efficiency, low carbon growth strategy and other environmental issues.
Shri Verma has been associated extensively in the policy formulation by the Government and specially after the enactment of Electricity Act 2003. Shri Verma had, while in CEA, also headed various divisions dealing with fuel management, research and development, Human Resource Development and Management, and IT in the Power sector. He was responsible for the 17th electric power survey as a Chairman of the Committee and the 11th plan Planning document as the Member Secretary of the working group appointed by the Planning Commission. Planning for the power sector was the main responsibility of Shri Verma as Member Planning CEA.
Shri Verma headed the Eastern Regional Electricity Board (New ERPC) as Member Secretary and was responsible for the coordinated grid operation to maintain the quality of electricity in the Eastern Region of the Country in the year 1997-98 and dealt with Optimization of Generation and transmission capacities, inter-state and inter-regional exchange of energy, generation scheduling and accounting etc.
He was also responsible for setting up of the Hotline Training Centre at its new location while holding the charge of Chief Engineer (Human Resource Development and Training) in CEA. The Power System Training Institute at Bangalore was operating under his charge.
As Director General of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency the various initiatives were taken under his leadership to promote energy conservation, standards and labeling programme on various products, energy efficiency in the various sectors of industry in the Country and for promoting CDM mechanism in the power and industrial sector in the Country. Shri Verma had in the past headed various Committees set up by the Government of India to make recommendations in relation to different aspects of Power sector including Renewable Resources of Energy, Low Carbon Growth in power sector, adoption of Supercritical Technology in India, the next higher size of thermal generator to be adopted, IGCC, Co-generation etc.
The Working Group on National Action Plan for Climate Change under the National Mission of Enhanced Energy Efficiency,' Task Force of formulation of the action plan for development of energy sector in the North Eastern Region, Expert Committee appointed by MNRE to study the geo-thermal based power generating potential in the Puga geo-thermal fields of Ladakh, J&K, Working Group of research and development of energy sector for 11th plan, were set up under his chairmanship. Shri Verma played a lead role in 50,000MW of hydro power initiative announced by Hon'ble Prime Minister. Credit of publication of CO2 Baseline data in the Indian power sector first time in the world goes to him. Mapping of thermal power stations in the country for optimizing the efficiency of operation were spearheaded by him.The setting up of Excellence Enhancement Centre in the Power Sector is his brain wave.
As the Member of the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC)Shri Verma is involved in his role for fixation of bulk tariff of electricity, making various Regulations including those of Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy Certificate Mechanism, Development of the power markets, grid discipline and interstate flow of power and resolving disputes on various matters pertaining to inter-state flow of power.
Shri Verma's educational background is deeply embedded in Science and Engineering. He holds his Bachelor of Science degree from Agra University and BE (Mechanical) (Hons.) and ME (Mechanical) (Hons.) in Applied Thermal Science from IIT , Roorkee (the then University of Roorkee). Shri Verma was trained under UNDP, with CEGB, UK and Gilbert Commonwealth of USA.
Shri Verma has travelled extensively overseas making professional/official visits to USA, Canada, Europe, UK, Poland, Belgium, Germany, USSR, Asia Vietnam, Africa Kenya, Guyana and Nigeria. To his credit he has more than 50 technical papers published and presented in the national and international forums.
Shri Verma has also been on Governing Council/Board of Directors of various institutions like CPRI, NPTI, CWet, DVC etc. Shri Verma received Life Time Achievement Award from CBIP and from Rajiv Gandhi Technical University, Bhopal.